Pediatric Cancer Fighters Are Worth More Than Four Percent

Pediatric Cancer Fighters Are Worth More Than Four Percent

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Every day, 46 children are expected to be diagnosed with cancer.

Every year, approximately 15,600 children are diagnosed with cancer. 

Every year, approximately 2,000 children pass away from cancer. 

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19.

84% of children diagnosed with cancer will live at least 5 years after their diagnosis. Yet this percentage fails to reflect the long-term side effects many patients experience after months or even years of cancer treatment. 

One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. 

One in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive. 

These statistics represent the harsh reality of childhood cancer in the United States alone.

What is even more alarming than the sheer magnitude of these numbers is the insufficient federal funding dedicated specifically to childhood cancer research—just 4%. In other words, only four cents for every dollar of federal funding available for cancer research. 

As a result of a lack of funding, childhood cancer patients who aspire to become future doctors, lawyers, dancers, etc. may never get the chance to change the world. The National Cancer Institute is responsible for controlling the allocation of federal spending on cancer research and we demand that the Institute prioritize our children—our future—by increasing funding for childhood cancer research. 

The effects of severely underfunded childhood cancer research are evident in the fact that in the past twenty years, only four new drugs have been developed specifically for childhood cancer treatment. Yes, you read that correctly. Only four.

Childhood cancers can NOT be treated the same as adult cancers. 

The National Cancer Institute can NOT continue to fail the children fighting every day of their lives, unsure if they will even get to see a tomorrow. 

Together, let’s fight alongside our childhood cancer fighters until they receive the funding they deserve. Our children are worth more than only 4%.

To donate to Cards Against Cancer's fundraiser, click on the link below. 

https://secure.qgiv.com/event/diy-2020/account/976858

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